Taking it in Stride7 Members
Why We Walk
2020 Central Ohio Virtual Heart Walk
Taking it in Stride
We are the Passarella family! We are hoping you will consider donating to our team or better yet, joining it and walk with us to support this worthy cause! Our story is tragic, as many people's stories are when talking about heart disease. On May 13th, 2019 our family's world was turned upside down when our mother and wife, Nancy, died suddenly and without warning. Not only did we suffer this loss, but many others did as well. Nancy was not only a mother, but a wife, a daughter, an aunt, a Godmother, a sister, and a dear friend to many. She was not only a selfless and caring human but also a compassionate and loving person. She never hesitated to put others before herself and was always there for anyone who ever needed her. Nancy, at 52 years of age, passed away from chronic heart disease (a dilated cardiomyopathy) that went undiagnosed as she was asymptomatic. We later learned that Nancy's condition is passed genetically.
At the advice of our physicians, Nancy's children were tested in July 2019. Again, our world was shaken when in August 2019, Madelyn, at 21-years-old who was found to have advanced heart failure, resulting from a chronic heart disease. She too was asymptomatic, and we had no idea. Madelyn then suffered another loss as her field hockey career came to an abrupt halt. While she was ready to begin her first year of grad school and play her last season of field hockey at the collegiate level, her career ended. Thankfully, Madelyn has since began drug therapy treatment that has helped increase her heart function and in February 2020 had an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) implanted. Maddie will continue to monitor her heart annually going forward.
As a family we have created this team to not only to honor Nancy and Maddie, but also to help many others in need and those who are surviving with heart disease. Our goal is to raise money to help with research and in finding a cure. We hope that you join our personal fight! We plan on walking every year and hope you will join the fight!
Who will you walk for?
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide and stroke ranks second globally. Please join our team or donate today and help us change this statistic.
The Heart Walk is a time of celebration, joy and inspiration. People unified in support of a single goal: to see a world free of heart disease and stroke.
Be a Heart Walk Hero with us and together we'll help save lives